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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

dcw3 Re:1996 called (263 comments)

Sorry you've only had to wait 15 years. Many of us have waited much longer.

about two weeks ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

dcw3 Re:1996 called (263 comments)

You feel old? Try having a three-digit account number!

(And who is this Toommy Choong guy?)

I'd take that over having a three digit age any day.

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

dcw3 Re:Obama's head is stuck in 2003 ... (425 comments)

It's a convenient political ploy to blame the IC when they are unable to defend themselves in any public forum. They can't release classified information to the public, while politicians can simply say..."not my fault due to lack of intelligence". Yeah, right.

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

dcw3 Re:Well... (425 comments)

Where was he?...really? Do you know anything about him? He's pretty well respected by both D's and R's.

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

dcw3 Re:You Forgot One (425 comments)

It is like Afgahanistan in the 1980's the CIA got the Afghan's to fight the Soviets. then the USA left which let an entire generation become jihadists.

While the CIA supported and armed them, it wasn't because they were coerced into it. You've heard of Charlie Wilson's war, right? It wasn't just a movie. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

dcw3 Re:I call BS on this one.... (575 comments)

I'll grant you one point, that people who I would consider to be racist tend to be far right, and vote that way. Other than that, I see most of your argument as baseless. You can't drive a car, buy a beer, or take out a library book without ID, and one should be required to vote as well. That said, I know there have been some poorly veiled attempts to inhibit voting by blacks by a few jackasses, and those people should be thrown in jail. But the typical response from the left is that this is a coordinated party position, which is simply a thinly veiled attempt to spark more racial discord, and garner more votes for the left. There are extremists on both sides, that doesn't make it a party position.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

dcw3 Re:Let me be the first to say (575 comments)

Damn I wish I had mod points.

We really need +1 Idiot of the Week, so we can all have a good laugh

about three weeks ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

dcw3 Re:If ET shows up proselytizing (534 comments)

Yes, there's a big difference. But to those natives, the pilgrims likely appeared somewhat magical. There was a huge gap in knowledge between them. If we were able to bring someone from that time forward to today, we would appear magical as well...cooking with out fire, driving cars, flying, talking with people who aren't right there. And in another 500 years, we would be in a similar position. Things you can't imagine now, will be possible.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

dcw3 Re:So? (488 comments)

I know what Germany pays...I lived there for six years, and am well aware that they generally have a better system. But, I'd argue that it's mostly not due to the funding.

Don't know where you get "You sound so upset". It's baseless.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

dcw3 Re:So? (488 comments)

Sorry for some of the random stats...it was a cut and paste.

The primary point is that government spending on education has outpaced inflationary costs, and provided no measurable improvement (that I'm aware of). Throwing money at something isn't always the best way to improve things...witness our healthcare. Why should there be any increase after inflation if it's not providing benefit? Is your comment about real wages not also non sequitur, or is there some link to educational expenses and value?

Again, I'm fine with increased expenses if they're used toward areas that have a demonstrable return in educational value.

about three weeks ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

dcw3 Re:LAX has this solved. (217 comments)

Sorry for replying twice, but they should just change the signs to read "Welcome to the Hotel California".

about three weeks ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

dcw3 Re:LAX has this solved. (217 comments)

Actually, LAX doesn't do this at all checkpoints. I just walked through one with a security drone watching to make sure people didn't go the wrong way.

about three weeks ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

dcw3 Re:No he didn't (217 comments)

"User errors are user interface errors."

While I don't disagree in this situation, isn't this the mentality that's caused us to require fifteen safety stickers on a simple ladder? There certainly is such a thing as a user error that is not a faulty design.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

dcw3 Re:Fine. Legislate for externalities. (488 comments)

I'm not sure about where you live, but it's not the case in Michigan. Just google "detroit edison rate increase denied", and see how often they get their way.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

dcw3 Re:So? (488 comments)

I want my taxes raised to properly fund schools too, there is an excess of dumbasses in this country.

I'm all for paying for good education. But, I'm also against government waste. If you can show areas where the monies spent would provide an educational ROI, I'd jump on that bandwagon.

Data published by the U.S. Department of Education in its annual Digest of Education Statistics shows that per student expenditures are high across the country and they have continued to rise.

        $553 billion was spent on public education in 2006-2007. This figure represents 4.2 percent of GDP.
        An average of $9,266/pupil is spent in American public schools.
        Of the $71.7 billion spent by the Federal government on elementary and secondary education programs in 2007, $39.2 billion was spent on K-12 education. Of this amount 67% was spent on Special Education and Education for the Disadvantaged programs.
        Between 1994 and 2004, average per-pupil expenditures have increased by 23.5% when adjusted for inflation.
        Between 1984 and 2004, real expenditures per pupil increased by 49%.
        Between 1970 and 2005 per pupil expenditures increased three times from $311/pupil to $971/pupil.

about three weeks ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

dcw3 Twins (302 comments)

I saw the name Fyfe, and couldn't help but correlate it to Barney Fife. Two of a kind.

about three weeks ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

dcw3 Re:You want to bet? (299 comments)

I've worked around govt. employees for 38 years. It's not a unique situation, it's commonplace.

about a month ago

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dcw3 dcw3 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

So, who the hell wants to read this scrawl of mine, or that of any other unknown netizen? Why on earth would I want to put my random thoughts down here? Is this space really just a blog for my amusement? And just exactly how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie-Pop?...the world may never know! OOPS...http://www.answerbag.com/q_view.php/443

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